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MLBA: Indoor dining ban announcement expected Wednesday

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association said in a Tuesday Facebook post that it spoke with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office and learned she will make an announcement Wednesday regarding the indoor dining ban related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MLBA said the reopening likely would take place beginning Feb. 1 to give bar and restaurant owners time to work with their supply chains and figure out staffing.

It said the announcement would likely include a limited capacity and curfew, and then possibilities for restaurants that take additional health measures to have a higher capacity limit.

The COVID-19 order regarding indoor dining at bars and restaurants from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been extended several times.

The MLBA post was referenced in reports by the Detroit News and MLive.

The Mining Journal has left a message with MDHHS seeking comment.

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